Four Charged with Hate Crime, Aggravated Kidnapping in Torture of Crystal Lake Man in Chicago


Viewer Discretion: A second video has surfaced showing the suspects forcing the young man to drink out of a toilet. CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports.

Four suspects — two men and two women have been charged with a hate crime, after allegedly kidnapping an 18-year-old mentally challenged man, torturing him for up to two days, and posting at least two videos of the torture online. The four suspects are black. The victim is white. The victim was reported to have been abducted in a stolen van from a 24-hour McDonald’s in Streamwood, according to CBS Chicago. However, Streamwood’s only McDonald’s at 91 West Irving Park Road is not listed as a 24-hour McDonald’s. The actual McDonald’s is at the southeast corner of Barrington Road and Schaumburg Road in Scharrington Square.

Police charged Jordan Hill, 18; Tesfaye Cooper, 18; Brittany Covington, 18; and Tanisha Covington, 24, with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated battery, and hate crime, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.

Jordan Hill, from Carpentersville, also was charged with robbery and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Jordan Hill, Tesfaye Cooper, and Brittany Covington were also charged with residential burglary.

The other three suspects are from Chicago. All four suspects are scheduled to appear for bond hearings Friday afternoon in Cook County Circuit Court.

Police have said the 18-year-old victimized in the videos is a northwest suburban resident — possibly from Crystal Lake — who was listed recently as missing, endangered with special needs.

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Kidnapping suspect.Tesfaye Cooper (police photo).

Kidnapping suspect.Brittany Covington (police photo).

Kidnapping suspect.Tanisha Covington (police photo).

Kidnapping suspect.Jordan Hill (police photo).

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